Top Ten Most Powerful Characters In Middle Earth

The Top Ten
1 Eru Ilivitar

He created everything, and he is God, so he's #1, obviously.

2 Morgoth (Melkor)

Even though Iluvatar is more powerful, I chose Morgoth because he's the most powerful of the Valar.

He subjugated millions of Elves, brainwashed two-thirds of all Men, and made them the Haradrim and Rhun-Men (Easterlings). Morgoth had three servants more powerful than all Ainur except the fourteen: Thuringwethil, the beautiful she-Vampire, Gothmog, the Powerful, and Sauron, the Feared (Mairon the Admirable). He was also depicted as being around 100 feet tall in many works of art, although he was more likely about 20 feet. Imagine a 30-meter tall black metal monster with a giant fire scepter walking toward you. (For scale, Annatar Sauron is around 3 meters tall, the average human male is 1.6 meters, and the height of a T-Rex is 15 meters.)

Morgoth was the origin of evil. Sauron expended his (tiny) power in the War of Wrath, revealing himself to be millions of times weaker than Morgoth. Sauron fled like a little weasel while Gothmog and Thuringwethil were killed by warriors of good. Morgoth was imprisoned into a 5-centimeter ring of gold, but he had expended his power into the entire world. That's why Morgoth lost the War of Wrath. Sauron piggybacked off Morgoth's creation of evil and used Morgoth's foot soldiers, dragons, and Balrogs as lieutenants. Morgoth created all evil, while Sauron simply manipulated it. In this way, Morgoth can never die.

3 Tulkas

He defeated Morgoth easily... enough said.

4 Manwe Sulimo
5 Ulmo
6 Aule
7 Orome
8 Namo
9 Lady Galadriel
10 Sauron Sauron is the title character and main antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Originally a servant of the first Dark Lord, Morgoth. Morgoth was later defeated and Sauron fled. He later came back to Middle Earth and took over as the new Dark Lord by using a Ring of Power. He was later... read more

He should be above Galadriel in power. Galadriel is powerful, no question, but she couldn't kill Sauron. All she could do was banish him, and she had a hard time even doing that.

The smartest of Melkor's servants, only he could have thought up using the Rings to control Middle Earth.

The Contenders
11 Tom Bombadil

It's true that Iluvatar is God in Tolkien's world, but Tolkien hinted that Bombadil was something like "Iluvatar's baby brother," with essentially more power than anyone or anything else. However, he didn't care to wield it in any way except to be left alone.

None of the characters can use the One Ring without it affecting them. The only one more powerful is Tom Bombadil, as the Ring has no effect on him. He is older and more powerful than it.

I agree with you. Tom Bombadil has a lot of power but never uses it in helpful ways, except for himself.

12 Gandalf Gandalf the Grey, later known as Gandalf the White, is a fictional character and one of the protagonists in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He was an Istar, sent by the West in the Third Age to combat the threat of Sauron, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring... read more

He knew most things about Sauron and what happened before The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit.

13 Aragon Aragorn II, the son of Arathorn II and Gilraen, is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium and is one of the main protagonists of The Lord of the Rings. He was a great ranger and warrior, and as Isildur's heir he bore the shards of Narsil, reforged and renamed Andúril, in the War... read more
14 Legolas Legolas is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He is a Sindarin Elf of the Woodland Realm and one of nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. He has been portrayed by Orlando Bloom in the live action movies.

I think he is definitely the strongest...

15 Galadriel Galadriel is a character created by J.R.R. Tolkien, appearing in his Middle-earth legendarium. She was one of the greatest of the Eldar in Middle-earth, and surpassed nearly all others in beauty, knowledge, and power. She was also the bearer of Nenya, one of the three Elven rings of power. In film,... read more
16 Gandalf The White

Nothing more needs to be said. He was so strong in The Return of the King, and he didn't even harness his full potential.

17 Ancalagon the Black

The largest character in Middle Earth, Ancalagon nearly destroyed all of northern Middle Earth when he landed on (and crushed) a volcanic mountain chain.

18 The Balrog

The Balrog/Maiar known as Durin's Bane singlehandedly destroyed the dwarven kingdom of Moria and also defeated Gandalf the Grey (another powerful Maiar) in its final fight (dying in the process).

Out of all the beings in Middle Earth (during the Third Age anyway), it was definitely one of the most powerful. It should be ranked higher. How can Legolas or Aragorn be ranked higher? It's like comparing a tank to a pistol. If Gandalf hadn't been with the Fellowship, all of them would have been killed with ease by the Balrog.

19 Elrond
20 Smaug Smaug is a fictional character and the primary antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit. In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, he was portrayed via motion capture by Benedict Cumberbatch.
21 The Witch King, King of the Nazguls
22 Saruman of Many Colours Saruman the White is a fictional character and a major antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. In the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he was portrayed by Sir Christopher Lee.
23 Fingolfin
24 Ungoliant

"And still she thirsted, and going to the Wells of Varda she drank them dry. Ungoliant belched forth black vapors as she drank and swelled to a shape so vast and hideous that Melkor was afraid."

She basically consumed everything. A being that brings fear to the embodiment of evil says a lot.

Probably #2, only behind Iluvatar. Possibly, Bombadil was powerful enough to force her out of his personal realm and leave him alone.

Not enough is known about Tulkas to predict how he would fare against her.

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